Letter from our Director

Dear Colleagues and Friends, It’s hard to believe 2015 marks my first five-year term as director of the Obermann Center. We’ve come a long way since 2010, when we sat at packing-box desks and met in the screened porch “conference room” as the Church Street house was transformed into the welcoming, vibrant part of the […]

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Supporting Obermann

Why We Support Obermann As longtime Iowa Citians and former University of Iowa faculty and staff members, we are proud to be Friends of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Through our work, we’ve come to love collaborative ventures; thus, we especially appreciate the efforts of the Obermann Center to foster cross-disciplinary and multidepartmental activities. […]

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Humanities Symposium

Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene From the opening talk by Lonnie Thompson, the Ohio State University geologist who first proved the world’s glaciers are melting, to the final dance performance that contemplated our ability to imagine ourselves out of our present circumstances, this three-day symposium probed, questioned, and inspired. The conference showcased […]

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2014 Summer Seminar

Problem Solving Social Practice in Art The role of the artist in society has long been debated. If an artist works in a university in combination with community partners, that role becomes even more complex. Led by co-directors Anita Jung (Art & Art History) and John Engelbrecht (PS1), the group of scholar-artists and independent artists […]

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2014 Interdisciplinary Research Grants

A Holistic Model of Wellness and Care for LGBTQI People Rachel Williams (Art & Art History and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, CLAS, University of Iowa) Janette Taylor (Nursing and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, CLAS and College of Nursing, University of Iowa) Nicole Nisly (Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Iowa) Learning about […]

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Obermann Center Fellows-in-Residence fully devote themselves to projects within an interdisciplinary community. The program supports artists, researchers, and scholars during periods when focus and feedback are crucial. The program is rooted in our mission: to support the work of individual scholars, while also providing Fellows with the opportunity to enrich an individual, discipline-specific project through […]

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Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy

This is a one-week interdisciplinary program in which UI graduate students from across campus, at any point in their graduate studies, explore how public engagement can enhance teaching, research, and creative work. Highlights of this year’s Institute included: a site visit to the Iowa City Wastewater Treatment Plant and visits with the facility’s directors, water activists, […]

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